Originally Posted by kohai
I have a new 2015 GMC 2500HD and a new 2014 Crusader 296bhs. I just got both of them. I'm really surprised that my stock setup has a nose high problem. I would think that Prime Time would be manufacturing for heights of the current stock trucks.
I measured the trailer frame at the front (below the battery compartment) to the ground and then measured the frame at the back of the trailer to the ground. It's about a 6" difference.
The clearance from the bed rails to the bottom of the bedroom area is currently 7". While the Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection does have one lower setting for the hitch, it would put me under 6" clearance. I'm already concerned about the pinbox potentially hitting the side bed rails on turns (I need to get out and test whether this is a real concern or not.)
So, for my sanity check, is this the correct way to measure how out of whack the level is currently?
I have found that lowering my Andersen Ultimate 5th wheel connection ball height to the lowest level puts my trailer's king pin mounting metal too close to my bed rails when turning hard.
The Andersen hitch puts the pivot point back 5.25" from the normal pivot point. That means the length of the pin box is several inches longer -- which means it can hit the bed rails easily. When towing forward, I have plenty of room to the tailgate, but when turning hard I run the risk of hitting my be drails with the back side of my pin box.
I think this is a problem for Andersen because whether the hitch will work or not is dependent on the trailer and the box you have. There's no way to know really without measuring it. (I didn't have my trailer when I ordered my hitch.)
Anyway, if I remember I'll post a picture for the archive just in case somebody in the future is looking at this with a Crusader 296BHS.
I see a Crusader across the way here at the RV park, maybe I'll walk by and see what hitch he is using.